FREE three-part course! Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning – Learning for the Sustainable Development Goals, starts 3 October 2019


Teachers working at every level in Scottish education are invited to join MDEC in Aberdeen for this FREE three part course.

About this Event

Looking for fun and exciting ideas to bring into the classroom for your learners around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Learning for the SDGs is a free 3-part course designed for GTCS registered teachers and early years practitioners in Scotland.

Please note the 3-part course runs across the following dates starting at 4.30 (tea/coffee from 4pm):

3rd October

10th October

7th November 2019

Book your place now via Eventbrite

Combining an interactive online element with a participatory approach among like-minded practitioners, Learning for the SDGs is designed to support teachers in developing their confidence, knowledge, and skills to bring the 17 UN SDGs alive in the classroom and beyond.

Links to Curriculum for Excellence will be made explicit, as will the national and international contexts which support young people to critically engage in real-world issues.

Further information about this course and the wider Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme can be found here. Please note – this course is titled “Level 2” but you are not required nor will you miss out by having not completed Level 1.

Welcome to the 2019/20 session at Montgomery DEC!

We hope that you are feeling refreshed after your summer break and ready to join us for FREE Global Learning/Learning for Sustainability CPD sessions.

This term, we are excited to be delivering our first Professional Learning sessions under the new Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme. Learning for the SDGs is a free 3-part course designed for GTCS registered teachers and early years practitioners in Scotland, offering fun and exciting ideas to bring into the classroom for your learners, around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Full details, dates and registration are on Eventbrite

Keep an eye on our website, social media and Eventbrite for more courses – and we are happy to bring our CPDs to your school! Have a look at our full 2019/20 programme of sessions for details of available CPDs, including how to book them.

We look forward to working with you!

Become a trustee for AFW!

Are you interested in International Development, Global Citizenship and Fair Trade?                                                                       

We educate and enable people in the North East of Scotland to take action to create a fairer world and we need trustees!

About us

We are part of a vibrant, confident, voluntary sector. Apart from our overarching value of global justice, we are committed to transparency, diversity and inclusion

Founded over 30 years ago as the Third World Centre, running the first solely Fairtrade retail outlet in the Kirk of St Nicholas, our activities grew as we led the Aberdeen Fairtrade City campaign, achieving Fair Trade status for the city in 2004. Alongside this work we established the Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC), offering training, support and resources for global citizenship education.

Currently we are:

In all of this work, we focus on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change by 2030.

We receive funding from the Scottish Government and DfID/British Council for our education work and have four part-time salaried staff, supported by other staff and volunteers.

We welcome interest from potential new trustees – anyone with commitment and enthusiasm for creating a fairer world, but particularly at the present time those with some experience in governance/legal compliance or in Human Resources and/or an interest in future chairing responsibilities.

Our Trustees manage the work of AFW, which is a SCIO. Currently we have nine trustees, but really do need more! We hold Board meetings every six weeks or so (on a weekday, usually 5pm – 7pm).

Opportunities for volunteers

Even if you can’t commit to becoming a trustee, we appreciate many forms of volunteer help in our activities. We have projects in the office and off-campus that always welcome outside help.

To apply to be a trustee of AFW, or for more information on the role, please email our coordinator, Paula Merchant:

Summer 2019 at AFW MDEC

We won’t be closed completely over the school summer holidays, but we will be taking our own holidays during this time. If you’d like to pop in to chat about your plans for next session or to borrow resources, please do give us a call first on 01224 620111 – we’ll be delighted to see you, but don’t want you to have a wasted trip!

Alternatively, drop us an email at and we’ll get back to you when we’re next in the office.

Thank you for working with us during the 2018-19 session – we hope that you have a restful break and look forward to working with you during the 2019-20 session!

Promoting Fairtrade in Bridge of Don through a Coop Fairtrade Community Project

Aberdeen for a Fairer World (AFW) is pleased to be a partner with Bridge of Don Academy who are supporting our work through their Fairtrade community project.

You can support us by going to the membership section on the Co-op website and changing your local cause to Aberdeen for a Fairer World by pasting the following link into your browser

You will be invited to log in or join as a Co-op member.

Then you will have the chance to choose Aberdeen for a Fairer World as the cause you support.

Several events in the Bridge of Don area in or around the Academy will take place is the early autumn, such as a Fairtrade Bake-off and  a Fairtrade Quiz.

We were pleased to see that Scotstown Road Coop endorsed our project in February and pointed people to our facebook entry:

If you change your mind later, you can change to another Cause.

All your 1% from your shopping Coop brand goods will now go to supporting Aberdeen for a Fairer World.

Thank you!

We have a vacancy for a Global Learning Advisor – come and join the team!

Global Learning Advisor (part-time)

21 hours per week, £16.50 per hour

Fixed term 12 months from July 2019 in the first instance, continuation dependent on further funding

Aberdeen for a Fairer World (AFW) wishes to appoint a Global Learning Advisor, working in its education section, the Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC).

The successful candidate will focus primarily on MDEC’s responsibility for promoting, arranging and delivering training, advice and support to teachers and schools in the North East of Scotland who are participating in the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL) programme, run by the British Council and funded by DfID:

Main duties:

Professional Learning for teachers: promoting, arranging and delivering the CCGL programme’s training courses, maintaining engagement with attendees and reporting progress to funders.

Local Advisor to schools/clusters: providing support and advice to schools/clusters seeking to form international partnerships under the CCGL programme and to schools/clusters applying for funding from the British Council under the CCGL programme and reporting progress to funders.

You will also be involved in MDEC’s core education work.

Person specification:


  • Understanding of and commitment to global justice issues
  • Experience of designing and delivering training sessions and interactive workshops
  • Ability to manage own work, meet deadlines, report on progress and manage multiple tasks
  • Excellent communication skills (including written) and ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Creative approach to work, including promotion of activities and maximising engagement
  • Good IT skills and, ideally, experience of using social media for professional purposes
  • Flexible approach to work, including travel across NE Scotland and some evening/weekend working
  • Access to a car and a full driving licence


  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of the Scottish school education system and curriculum
  • Experience of delivering global learning in schools
  • Experience in project design, project management and the development of funding applications
  • Experience within the voluntary/third sector

To apply, please email your detailed CV, along with a covering letter, to Dr Geraldine McNeill, HR Lead:

For further information, including a more detailed job description, please call AFW’s office at the Montgomery Development Education Centre on 01224 620111 or email

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 17 May 2019

Aberdeen for a Fairer World is an Equal Opportunities employer.

Applicants should be prepared to provide evidence of eligibility to work in the UK.


Aberdeen for a Fairer World Scottish Charity Number SC014585

45 Victoria Street, Aberdeen AB10 1UX

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AFW seeks new trustees

We are seeking new trustees who share our passion for creating a fairer world

AFW is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC014585), with the purpose of educating and enabling people in the North East of Scotland to take action to create a fairer world.

AFW incorporates the Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC), which was set up in 1983 to focus on developing and delivering Global Citizenship Education within both the formal and non-formal education sectors.

Please see our website for more details.

The need for new trustees

We have nine trustees currently and, whilst this provides an adequate complement of people with a good range of skills and interests, we wish to strengthen the team with a few more skilled, committed people who share our ethos of working together to create a fairer world.

We are particularly keen to hear from those with expertise in any of these areas:

  • Business planning and strategy
  • Financial management
  • Recruitment and HR procedures
  • Governance and compliance (including Data Protection)
  • Digital systems and technology
  • Communications
  • Chairing and leadership

We are happy to provide more details of the skills we are seeking, our trustee recruitment process and general information about our organisation and its activities – please email us at

If you wish to be considered as a trustee for Aberdeen for a World, please email our Chair, Dr Nigel Dower, at, sending your CV and a covering note explaining your interest in our work.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Closing date: 31 March 2019

Fairtrade Fortnight: 25 February – 10 March 2019

What is Fairtrade Fortnight?

For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year Fairtrade Fortnight is focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. The theme is ‘She deserves a living income’. You can find more information and resources for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 on the Fairtrade Foundation’s website.

The following Fairtrade Fortnight events will take place in Aberdeen, at the University of Aberdeen and across Aberdeenshire:


And if you’re out and about in Aberdeenshire during Fairtrade Fortnight, why not take part in this cafe crawl?

15 Years of Fairtrade status for Aberdeen city

In 2004 Aberdeen became the first Fairtrade city in Scotland. Every two years since then, the Fairtrade steering group is required to show the commitments the city continues to make to maintain the award. 

What is required?

Glad you asked!

To achieve Fairtrade status a city must continue to take action on the five goals set by the Fairtrade Foundation. These are:

Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade and agrees to serve Fairtrade products

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A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s shops and served in local cafés, restaurants and pubs

Local workplaces and community organisations support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products wherever possible

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Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we work alongside other groups  to promote fairtrade activities in the region

AFW team and steering group members

A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the campaign continues to develop and gain new support.